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NASCAR Cup: making the Chase — where they stand after Bristol

By AMANDA VINCENT
With his win of the delayed Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol (Ten.) Motor Speedway on Sunday, Kevin Harvick became a 2016 multi-race winner with his second win of the season, adding three bonus points to his tally with which he’ll start the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship postseason.
Also, Chris Buescher posted a top-five finish that propelled him into the top-30 of the points standings, putting him in position for his win at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa., on Aug. 1 to give him a spot in the Chase. With Buescher’s climb into the top-30, the number of Chase berths for drivers to get in based on points decreases to four, provided Buescher remains in the top-30, or at least is in the top-30 at end of the Richmond (Va.) International Raceway cut-off.
The number of Chase berths for winless drivers could also decrease if a new face shows up in victory lane over the course of the final three regular-season races.
Here’s a look at the standings, including drivers that have locked-in, are all but locked-in and are on the outside looking in but still have a shot at getting in:
1. Brad Keselowski (4 wins)
1. Kyle Busch (4 wins)
3. Kevin Harvick (2 wins)
3. Carl Edwards (2 wins)
3. Denny Hamlin (2 wins)
3. Jimmie Johnson (2 wins)
3. Matt Kenseth (2 wins)
8. Kurt Busch (1 win)
8. Joey Logano (1 win)
8. Martin Truex Jr. (1 win)
8. Tony Stewart (1 win)
8. Chris Buescher (1 win)
13. Austin Dillon (596 points)
14. Chase Elliott (588 points)
15. Jamie McMurray (583 points)
16. Ryan Newman (576 points)
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17. Trevor Bayne (541 points)
18. Kyle Larson (537 points)
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